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Wildlife officials to test hunter-harvested ducks for avian influenza

Hunters will not need to surrender ducks Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services biologists will collect samples from hunter-harvested ducks to test for highly pathogenic avian influenza – H5N1. Sampling will occur at various times during the migratory game bird hunting season at several duck-hunting hot spots throughout Florida. Hunters will not need to surrender their ducks, and participation is voluntary.  Biologists will obtain the samples by swabbing the ducks’ respiratory...

Outta’ the Woods

Give thanks in November for hunting seasons galore November means the 2008-09 huntin’ season’s in full swing.  This month, general gun, fall turkey, quail and gray squirrel, snipe and the second phase of mourning and white-winged dove hunting seasons open. The first thing you need to do is pick up a $17 Florida resident hunting license.  Nonresidents pay $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. If you plan to hunt one of Florida’s many wildlife management areas...

Recreational Gulf red snapper season closes Nov. 1

The recreational harvest seasons for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico will close on Nov. 1.  This closure occurs each year to help rebuild overfished red snapper stocks in the Gulf. The recreational harvest and possession of red snapper is prohibited beginning Nov. 1 in Gulf state waters.  The recreational harvest of red snapper in Gulf federal waters closed on Aug. 5.  The red snapper sport season is scheduled to reopen on April 15 in Gulf state waters and...

An encounter with a living dinosaur

It’s not often one gets a chance to encounter a prehistoric creature. So when the opportunity arose to meet a fish with an ancestry that dates back 200 million years, well, I couldn’t pass. Through Nov. 7, The Panama City Field Office of the Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a Gulf sturgeon fish population census on the Choctawhatchee River. I contacted Frank Parauka, Fishery Biologist with the FWS, and he was gracious enough to allow me to tag along...

FWC announces 2008-09 migratory game bird and early waterfowl hunting seasons

Crow Season: Aug. 9 – Oct. 26, 2008 (Saturdays and Sundays only) and Nov. 11, 2008 – Feb. 18, 2009 Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset Bag limit: No bag or possession limits Rail and common moorhen Season: Sept. 1 – Nov. 9, 2008 Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset Bag limits (daily/possession): Clapper & king rails – 15/30 (singly or in aggregate) Sora & Virginia rails – 25/25 (singly or in aggregate) Common moorhen –...

Eglin recreation permits now available

by Jerron Barnett Eglin Environmental Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Attention all Eglin outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Fiscal Year 2008 hunting, fishing and recreation permits will go on sale at Jackson Guard Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. Several of the permit’s prices have slightly increased this year, due to increased costs to keep the program running, Justin Johnson, Jackson Guard outdoor recreation program manager, said. “The prices of the permits have held steady for nearly 15 years,...